Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Garden Club

Monday again, and after an entire weekend of rain, almost 3 inches to be exact, I was so happy to see the sun shining this morning. I'm sure my little greenhouse is loving it too. The poor thing didn't get above 50 degrees all weekend. This morning after we wheeled it out of the garage and uncovered it, the plants looked awfully droopy and sad but once I gave them all a big drink and the temperature and humidity started climbing because of the sunshine, they all started to perk up.

Only 2 flats left under the lights in the basement. So far this year I have been very careful about starting plants at the right times to make sure that they are just right when I plunk them into the garden about a month from now. Come to think of it, I could have even waited a little longer with some of the stuff I started last week because it's already getting huge. I'm pretty sure that the heat mats have shortened the germination times so the info on the seed packets is a little off. Not that I'm complaining, the heat mats have turned out to be the best investment so far this year and are great for a gardener like me that likes to see results every day.

Last week I started Cantaloupe, watermelon, honey dew, cucumbers, giant pumpkins (the girls are really excited about these!) and another batch of broccoli.
Almost time to find some room for these guys in the greenhouse and shut down the basement operation until next year.
I found these tall clear covers at Menard's of all places after searching for them at every garden center in the tri-county area. They are perfect for seedlings (or cuttings, if you're into that) that get tall right away but still need the protection and humidity that a cover provides. These even have sliding vents to control the temperature and were only about a dollar each!
Tulips are still blooming like crazy. The girls have been enjoying cutting some for their rooms and were astonished the other day when they noticed that their cut tulips had grown and were tipping over their little shot glasses vases. Did you know that tulip stems keep growing even after you cut them???

Now for all you gardeners out there who wish to participate, either leave a comment on what's growing in your basement yard, or post a Monday Garden Club update on your blog. Don't forget to drop your link in the comments and I'll add it to this post.

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Shady Lady said...

Your operation is so very impressive!!! I covet your garden. I keep saying it and we will have a garden next year, but I am certain that it will pale in comparison.

Riot Kitty said...

A greenhouse on wheels! I love it!

Kari said...

I LOVE tulips! I wish they lasted longer though...

I'm going to try one of those hanging upside down growing tomatoe plants this year. I'll let you know how it turns out!

sheila said...

Wow, now I really want a greenhouse. I might make Shane fashion me one. maybe, lol

Out in Them Sticks said...

I'm going to have to get some seed mats. Your seedlings look so damn healthy!!! Jealous!!!